Kara Moses

Studying lemur seed dispersal, Madagascar 2009

I take a holistic approach to life and social change, spreading my time between: freelance journalism and editing // nature connection facilitation and outdoor education // grassroots activism // training people in skills for social change // and creating political artwork.

I organise with Reclaim the Power and Plane Stupid // train, educate and facilitate independently as Transformation Through Connection, with London Roots Collective and Seeds for Change // and create with un-earthed collective.

Writing and editing work

My published writing work includes books, articles, reviews and scientific publications. This work has appeared in the Guardian, the Ecologist, New Scientist, Resurgence, Geographical, Red Pepper, New Internationalist, BBC Wildlife and others.

I mostly write about social change, with a focus on the environment, systemic change and activism. I also cover science journalism. Areas of specialism include primates, climate change and activism. I’m interested in social justice, meditation and spirituality, corporate-state power, and radical responses to globalised industrial capitalism.

I’m currently Environment Editor of Red Pepper magazine and write the Frontline section of Resurgence and Ecologist magazine. Former editorial posts include Sub-Editor for Geographical and DIVE magazines; Online Editor for DIVE and Snow magazines; Co-editor of Slaney Street, and Reviews Editor for Primate Eye, the journal of the Primate Society of Great Britain.

Background

I have a BSc. in Biological Sciences (Environmental), and studied behavioural ecology of captive lemurs for my dissertation which I also presented at an academic conference. I later conducted field research in Madagascar, studying seed dispersal by ruffed lemurs, for a Primatology Masters by Research thesis. This work has been published in a major tropical science journal, presented at a number of academic conferences and meetings and used in the conservation management plans of organisations working in Madagascar. I moved on from primatology as it felt too narrowly focused in the face of systemic failure, but I hope to one day continue my research with a broader perspective and practical application.

I started out focusing on environmental issues but moved on to include social and economic justice as I realised how all of these things were inextricably linked; I saw time and time again that environmental destruction, poverty and injustice could all be traced back to one root source – a fundamentally flawed socio-economic system that favours the rich and exploits the poor and the environment. My various strands of work are means through which I try to expose the truth, create change, inspire action, and find alternatives.

Read an interview with Kara Moses by Jeremy Hance for Mongabay.com

Get in touch here for writing commissions, pitches for Red Pepper, requests for training or public speaking, or just to say hi!

I tweet sporadically… Follow me if you like: @Kara_L_Moses